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The Magic City


Published July 12, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Magic City, by E. Nesbit. Read by Ruth Golding.

Philip and Lucy discover that the city Philip has built using toys, books and household objects, has come alive. This is the account of their incredible adventures in those magical lands, where they meet characters from books and history, mythical beasts, and many other nice (and not so nice) people and creatures.

As with all Edith Nesbit's tales, The Magic City has generous helpings of humour, imagination and interesting ideas, as well as the over-arching story of how a boy and girl who have unwillingly become step-brother and sister eventually learn to like each other.

A story that works on many levels and will be equally enjoyed by adults and children. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

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Reviewer: novelreader - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2010
Subject: wonderful
RuthieG does a fantastic job of reading. Her characters are wonderful. I enjoyed this story immensely.
Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2009
Subject: Excellent story
Ruth Golding again does a wonderful job reading a delightful story. Don't you wonder what it would be like for one of your "play cities" to become real? And from the sand castles at the shore to the stacks of blocks, everything here has been built by Philip. A very creative and exciting story.
Reviewer: mikezane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2009
Subject: I Really Enjoyed This Book
Not a whole lot of mystery here (my preferred genre) but it is still a neat story.

This is an early (IMHO) coming-of-age story. Phillips's sister and dearest friend has abandoned him by getting married. He feels alone, mistreated, and decides, one night, to break the rules and build a grand city out of things around the house.

Imagine his surprise when the city comes to life! On top of that, his 'friend' Lucy, who he really doesn't like, ends up missing in the city. Feeling guilty, he embarks on a quest to rescue her and learns some lessons along the way.

This book is wonderful, the reader is fabulous and has a very talented voice, and the story is sweet without being mushy. It is worth a listen.
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